Landed Estates
NUI Galway

St. George (Tyrone House)

The St.George estate was centred on the house at Tyrone, parish of Drumacoo, barony of Dunkellin, built about 1779. This had originally been a French estate but the family assumed the title of St.George in 1774 due to inheritence from the St.George family of Hatley Manor, county Leitrim. In the 1830s A.F. St. George owned Tyrone House and Kilcolgan Castle, his agent was J. O'Hara. Wm. Griffith of Dublin also acted as an agent for the St. George estate. Arthur French St. George is described as a resident proprietor in 1824. In the early 19th century the St. Georges also owned large amounts of land in the baronies of Moycullen, Ballynahinch and Clare, which they advertised for sale in the early 1850s. Land in the barony of Clare had been acquired through Arthur French's marriage with a Kirwan in the late 17th century. A portion of the St. George estate, situated in the barony of Longford, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in November 1853. In 1870s the family owned 15,777 acres in county Galway. By the early 1900s, however, some of the estate had been sold and the house at Tyrone had been left empty for long periods. In 1914 over 3000 acres of an estate descibed as St. George and Concannon was vested in the Congested Districts Board. Many members of the family are buried in a church-style mausoleoum in the cemetery at Drumacoo.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Seapark House Ballycleary Kinvarradoorus Gort Killeenavarra Kiltartan Galway OSI Ref: M384109
OS Sheet: 113
Discovery map: 52
Tyrone Tyrone Drumacoo Gort Drumacoo 104 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M390177
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52
Kilcolgan Castle Kilcolgan Kilcolgan Gort Drumacoo 104 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M413180
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52
Newtown Kilcolgan Newtown Kilcolgan Kilcolgan Gort Drumacoo 104 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M417174
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52
Ballyclery Ballyclery Killeenavarra Gort Killeenavarra 105 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M391120
OS Sheet: 113
Discovery map: 52
Stradbally Stradbally West Stradbally Gort Drumacoo 104 Dunkellin Galway OSI Ref: M389178
OS Sheet: 103
Discovery map: 52
Quainsborough/Quansbury Lodge/Stowlin Stowlin Kilquain Portumna Kilquain 175 Longford Galway OSI Ref: M855148
OS Sheet: 107, 108
Discovery map: 53

Archival sources

  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George [Ballynahinch estate], 25 Oct 1853, Vol 24, MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George [Moycullen estate I], 25 Oct 1853, Vol 24, MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George [Moycullen estate II], 25 Oct 1853, Vol 24, MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George, 27 Feb 1855, Vol 33, MRGS 39/015, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds & legal papers relating to properties in Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway, 1695-1731. ; National Archives, UK
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George [Clare & Dunmore estate], 25 Oct 1853, Vol 24, MRGS 39/010, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Matthew St. George, [Castle & lands at KilcolganI], 6 Dec 1853, Vol 25, MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), St. George, 22 November 1853, Vol 25, MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates Court Rental, St George, 27 Feb 1855, baronies of Ballynahinch, Moycullen & Clare. Photocopy; Galway County Library
  • Kilcolgan Castle. Photographs & Press Cuttings. 045/078.; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Tyrone House. Photographs & Press Cuttings. 001/025; Irish Architectural Archive
  • Survey by John Berne of the estate of Christopher St. George in counties Galway & Roscommon. ; Galway County Library
  • Pedigree of French of Tyrone, afterwards St. George. c.1575-1816. GO Ms.106, p117, 125-6. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Licence to Arthur French St. George to bear the name St. George. 1811. GO Ms. 150, p.128-30 153-4. ; National Library of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources